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The Ever Growing Lawsuits filed against Fosamax

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The Food and Drug Administration has been swarmed by interrogations from millions of Americans about the effectiveness of some medicines use to treat osteoporosis.They associated Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs might induce atypical femur fractures. The federal government health statistics said that nearly 10 million Americans have been suffering with osteoporosis and 34 million are said to have low bone density, making them prone to acquire osteoporosis.

 

It is better for Americans to act now, change their lifestyle and choices of food before the year 2020, as it may lead half of them especially those aging 50 and up to have frail bones, according to studies.When you take a drug, it is expected that it will help you ease the pain or save you from further complications, yet those who are taking Fosamax, experienced the opposite, instead it gave them adverse side effects. When having bone complications, it involve meticulous therapeutic care.For example, some Fosamax patients may develop osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), an uncommon condition also known as jaw death.

 

What happens is that the tissues surrounding the jawbone collapse, consequently exposing the bone, triggering the occurrence of infections, gum lesions, and loosened teeth.Fosamax users who have dental operation are usually affected by this. In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Fosamax, a bisphosphonate drug, to treat an ailment known as osteoporosis. Its mechanism of action involves making bones stronger and avoiding breakage. The Consumer Drug Report shows that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is currently facing various lawsuits. Two women linked Fosamax to cause ONJ or dead jaw after they suffered from it upon taking Fosamax.In defense, Merck said that those who complained about developing ONJ was already having some medical ailments before Fosamax usage, and that Fosamax was not accountable for it.


Also, in addition to the claims made by the two women, several other users of Fosamax have presented allegations that it causes atypical femur fractures. According to the complaints, femur fractures occur even with just doing some activities of daily living, like walking or jogging.The Fosamax lawsuits’ multidistrict litigation trials are classified into two.All femur fracture lawsuits are currently combined in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and all osteonecrosis lawsuits are fused in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Court for the Southern District of New York. 


There are three Fosamax bellwether trials that happened this year, organized by U.S. District Judge John Keenan, last May & September, and this month, November.The content of Fosamax lawsuits filed against Merck claimed that the company failed to warn its consumers about the possibility of femur fractures to develop. 

 

Source:


  • news-medical.net/health/What-is-Osteoporosis.aspx
  • health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/bones-joints-and-muscles/articles/2010/10/14/rethinking-the-safety-of-bone-loss-drugs